Get a mapcode (TomTom)

A better address for everywhere.

You can benefit from mapcodes in two easy steps:

Step #1: Grab the marker on the interactive map below (or search)

Simply search and/or drag the marker to whichever address in South Africa* you’d like to be able to easily share with others (you can zoom in and out and drag the pin around as many times as you need to find the exact spot). Alternatively, you can also enter the lat/lon coordinates or detect your location automatically.

*NB: Although Mapcodes are freely available for the entire world, this website is restricted to the South African region (ZAF) exclusively in the interests of speed and convenience.

*Only accurate for mobile devices

Do you have GPS co-ordinates you want to convert? Click below:

Enter the coordinates you want:
Latitude:
Latitude:

Found exactly what you were looking for with the red marker?


This is what the ‘normal’ addresses for
your selection look like:
They’re terrible because:
Closest ‘formal’ address:

  • They’re hard to communicate by telephone or even write down accurately.
  • They’re generally useless outside of urban areas with clear street numbering (i.e. most of the world).
  • They’re hard to fit onto conventional advertising (e.g. business cards, billboards e-mail signatures and press adverts).
  • Even when you get people to the general area, it’s difficult to identify details like the exact entrance or parking lot to use.

Here is your mapcode!

Save it somewhere now:

You can also share and use this direct link:


The mapcode system has divided the earth into a series of grids, so that every block on earth has a unique mapcode. You can now have all the accuracy and flexibility of GPS coordinates, expressed in a short code of only 5 to 6 characters (excluding the country code – which is always ‘ZAF’ for us in South Africa).

Mapcode verification:

Before you use your mapcode, first verify visually below that that it is as accurate as you need it to be.

Close view:
(your mapcode’s location)
Close view:
(your original selection)
Medium view:
(your mapcode’s location)
Medium view:
(your original selection)

GPS coordinate comparison:

The Mapcode library decodes your mapcode back to the following: These were your original coordinates as reported by Google:
Latitude:

Latitude:

Longitude:

Longitude: